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Re: p.s. beardedlady

Posted by judy1 on June 8, 2002, at 23:46:54

In reply to Re: p.s. wendy b., posted by beardedlady on June 8, 2002, at 11:29:34

Just some notes- serzone is similar to remeron, both AD's that at very low levels are sedating. Do you get too tolerant on benzos? (most people do for sedation but not anxiety)
I also had manic and depressive episodes since I was 13, had my first hospitalization at 19 for psychotic mania, had several suicide attempts-2 serious and lost my bipolar father to suicide (and throw in PTSD/DD in this mess). I tend to feel bipolar disorder is extremely over-diagnosed. When there is a manic switch on an AD, that is considered drug induced and not true bipolar disorder (although Akiskal would term it BP3)
I agree that it is sad when people who would clearly benefit from medication (like your friend) refuse help- it's a bipolar thing, we like the manias too much; but I also think it's sad that people who would benefit a great deal from therapy, good friends, even exercise get 5 different meds from a 15 min visit to a shrink.
Last- I also write my best poetry when slightly depressed, most of the famous writers would have said the same.
Hope this doesn't create havoc. Take care, Judy




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